Juvenile Defense

Life Sentences Thrown Out for Two CA Juvenile Offenders

By November 1, 2019 December 30th, 2019 No Comments

This month, two Southern California men who had been given life sentences for crimes committed as young teenagers were re-sentenced to six years in California’s Division of Juvenile Justice. Elijah Hall and Anthony Torres had their original sentences dismissed as a result of a new law, SB 1391, that prevents people under age 16 from being tried in adult courts. SB 1391 came into effect of January 1 of this year and is currently being challenged in the California Supreme Court.

Minors Sentenced as Adults

Hall and Torres were charged with crimes related to a series of armed robberies in 2015 when they were 14 and 15 years old. They were part of a group of five other people. Prosecutors alleged that the crimes were tied to a local gang. After the judge decided that their crimes warranted adult sentencing, they were convicted and given prison terms of 65 years to life.

Criminal Defense Attorney Services for Juvenile Crimes

There is a common misconception that juvenile crimes are low stakes. As Hall and Torres’ cases prove, this is far from the truth. Even under California’s new law, minors can be sentenced to juvenile detention until age 25 and can still be sentenced as adults if they are age 16 or older. Prosecutors often work to get the most severe sentence possible regardless of the age of the accused.

If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile crime in Torrance or Los Angeles County, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call the Law Offices of Brian A. Newman today at (424) 275-4014 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney who will fight for your future.